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Cian Lynch in action during the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash between Limerick and Cork at the LIT Gaelic Grounds.
Cian Lynch in action during the 2019 Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash between Limerick and Cork at the LIT Gaelic Grounds.

Preview: Weekend's inter-county hurling action


Saturday January 11

Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League Final

Limerick v Cork, LIT Gaelic Grounds, 7.30pm

Sunday January 12

Walsh Cup Semi-Finals

Kilkenny v Wexford, Callan, 2pm

Dublin v Galway, Parnell Park, 2pm

Kehoe Cup Final

Antrim v Offaly, Pairc Tailteann, 2pm

Limerick and Cork have experimented, but still secured victories in the early rounds of the Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League.

Saturday's decider at the LIT Gaelic Grounds offers John Kiely and Kieran Kingston another opportunity to assess the emerging talent in both counties.

At Sixmilebridge last Sunday, with David Reidy especially sharp, Limerick proved too strong for Clare.

Reidy struck 1-12, while Adrian Breen and Tom Morrissey also made valuable scoring contributions for the 2018 All Ireland champions.

Interest surrounds Kieran Kingston's return as Cork manager with several young players impressing in the wins over Kerry and Waterford.

A string of recent Under 20 and 21 hurlers have been involved and that policy is set to continue against Limerick.

In the Walsh Cup on Sunday Kilkenny and Wexford's encounter will attract a healthy crowd in Callan.

John Hetherton impressed for Dublin against Laois in the Walsh Cup on Thursday evening.
John Hetherton impressed for Dublin against Laois in the Walsh Cup on Thursday evening.

While the Fitzgibbon Cup will impact on the availability for every outfit, this should be another full blooded affair.

With Ballyhale Shamrocks motoring smoothly Kilkenny will be minus several marquee players, but Brian Cody has steered the Cats to seven titles in the competition since 2005.

Parnell Park hosts Dublin's encounter against Galway, who are now managed by Shane O'Neill.

On Thursday evening John Hetherton plundered 1-3, while Tom Connolly nailed five points as Dublin earned a convincing win over Laois.

Mattie Kenny's charges will now be eager to maintain their encouraging pre-season form when Galway visit the Donnycarney venue.

In Pairc Tailteann on Sunday, Michael Fennelly's Offaly face Antrim in the Kehoe Cup Final.

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